Legendary Singer Bill Withers Passes Away at 81
Bill Withers is a Legend
Soul Singer and Songwriter Bill Withers has passed away at 81 years of age from heart complications. Withers was born in Virginia July 4th 1938 and enlisted in the Navy at 17. During that time he would teach himself how to play the guitar and write songs.
He left the Navy in 1965 and moved to Los Angeles where he would work numerous jobs over 7 years while recording demos. In 1971 he debuted the song "Ain't No Sunshine" off the album "Just As I Am" through his label, the legendary Stax Records. This album also had the song "Grandma's Hands". At the 1972 14th Annual Grammy Awards he would take home the honor of Best R&B Song for "Aint No Sunshine". That song would go on to sell over one million records.
His second album "Still Bill" featured the smash single "Lean On Me" which went on to sale over three million copies. That was followed by the success of his next single "Use Me" which would sell over a million copies. In his life, he would win thee Grammys in Total and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015.
Withers died Monday in Los Angeles, his family released a statement Friday saying, "We are devastated by the loss of our beloved, devoted husband and father. A solitary man with a heart driven to connect to the world at large, with his poetry and music, he spoke honestly to people and connected them to each other."
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